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Oak Island Local Adventures

Step into the enchanting world of Brunswick County, where every moment is woven into a tapestry of local adventures cherished by residents and visitors alike. Here, amid the gentle sway of the palm trees and the soothing sound of the waves, we invite you to discover the beloved attractions that promise unforgettable experiences for explorers of all ages. From the tranquil Atlantic Ocean shoreline of Oak Island to the charming streets of Southport along the Cape Fear River, let us unveil the captivating allure of this coastal east coast haven, inviting you to embark on a journey of discovery and delight.

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center

Begin your adventure at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, an invaluable resource for your journey ahead. Here, friendly and knowledgeable staff eagerly await to equip you with insider tips, guides, and schedules, ensuring your Oak Island exploration is filled with memorable moments and exciting discoveries. From the best spots for dining to hidden gems off the beaten path, the Welcome Center is your gateway to unlocking the secrets of the Oak Island & Southport area.

Oak Island Pier: Where Fishing Meets Spectacular Views

Stretching into the Atlantic Ocean, the Oak Island Pier stands as an iconic symbol of the island’s charm. A beloved spot for anglers and sightseers alike, the pier offers not just fishing opportunities but also spectacular panoramic views of the coastline. As you cast your line into the sparkling waters or simply stroll along the pier, immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the surrounding ocean. And when the sun begins its descent, the pier transforms into a magical spot for capturing breathtaking photos and creating lasting memories with loved ones.

Oak Island Lighthouse

No visit to Oak Island is complete without a journey to the majestic Oak Island Lighthouse, standing tall as a beacon of maritime history. Climb the 131 steps to the top for unparalleled views of Oak Island and beyond. Learn about the rich maritime heritage of the region at the adjacent museum and visitor center, where captivating exhibits showcase the fascinating stories of the lighthouse keepers and the countless shipwrecks along the coast. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a unique vantage point to admire the coastal beauty, the Oak Island Lighthouse promises an unforgettable experience for all. You can visit to watch the PROACTIVE Real Estate Oak Island Lighthouse documentary or to plan your tour to the top.

Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitors’ Center

Looking to brush off the sand and go on a day trip? Take a short drive over to historic Southport and visit Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitors’ Center, overlooking the Cape Fear River. Fort Johnston, originally built by the British in 1749, offers a glimpse into Southport’s rich maritime history. Explore the exhibits showcasing historic documents and artifacts, and don’t forget to pick up a map of past filming locations to discover Hollywood connections nearby. With its intriguing displays and fascinating stories, Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitor Center is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. For more information visit their website!

Southport / Fort Fisher Ferry 

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Getting there is half the fun! Plan a ferry ride from Southport to Fort Fisher and enjoy a scenic journey across the Cape Fear River. On the other side, jump back into your car and visit nearby Kure Beach, Atlantic Beach and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, a captivating destination for visitors of all ages. Explore fascinating exhibits showcasing diverse marine life, from playful river otters to majestic sharks and colorful reef inhabitants. Whether you’re seeking adventure, education, or relaxation, the aquarium and its surrounding attractions provide a memorable experience! Make sure to visit this link for all the events happening your stay.

Bald Head Island Ferry

Bald Head Island

Take a day trip to Bald Head Island, where the ferry ride is an adventure in itself! Once you are on the ferry, you can choose to sit inside or outside or outside for spectacular views from the Cape Fear River looking back toward Southport & Oak Island Lighthouse, and keep an eye out for dolphins! When you arrive onto Bald Head Island, rent bikes or a golf cart and explore this tranquil island where cars are not allowed. Drive through the Bald Head Island Maritime Forest Preserve and enjoy the cool breeze as you drive (or bike!) through the tunnel of oak trees. You may choose to simply walk around the marina, shop & grab lunch, then visit The Old Baldy Lighthouse by making your way across an iconic bridge over the marsh or follow the paved roads until you reach the base of the lighthouse. Season permitting, you can climb all 108 steps to the very top of Old Baldy Lighthouse offering a 360-degree panoramic view of the island is simply breathtaking! It’s definitely worth the workout. After that, choose any of the 20+ beach access points and relax by the ocean as long as you’d like. Just be sure to check the ferry schedule to be sure you don’t miss your ride back to Southport!

Battleship North Carolina

Although not technically one of the Oak Island local adventures, just a short drive to Wilmington will lead you to the Battleship North Carolina, a must-see World War II memorial. Honoring the 11,000 North Carolinians who gave their lives in World War II, the Battleship North Carolina is a true part of American history. Put on your walking shoes and explore the nine levels of the ship, now open to the public. With its immersive exhibits and fascinating artifacts, the Battleship North Carolina offers a journey through time that’s both educational and inspiring. For more information and pricing, visit this link.

Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson

If you’re a history buff, Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson is the perfect destination for you and your family. Founded in 1726, Brunswick Town offers a glimpse into colonial life on the Cape Fear River. In 1861, Fort Anderson was built on the same ground as part of the river defense of Wilmington, NC. Visitors can explore the remains of these two distinct periods of American history, from the colonial era to the Civil War. With its fascinating exhibits and well-preserved ruins, Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson provide a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the rich heritage of the region. Make sure you visit their website to plan your visit!

Explore The Best of Oak Island

Embark on family-friendly adventures that promise fun and excitement for everyone. Tee off at the Oak Island Golf Club for a round of golf amidst scenic coastal landscapes. Take a leisurely bike ride along the island’s picturesque trails or rent kayaks to explore the tranquil creeks and tidal marshes teeming with wildlife. End your day with a relaxing picnic at one of Oak Island’s waterfront parks, where you can unwind and create cherished memories with your loved ones. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, Oak Island offers a wealth of attractions waiting to be explored. So pack your bags, plan your itinerary, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure on Oak Island NC!

Ready to plan your perfect Oak Island vacation? Check out great planning tips and local advice within our local blog HERE. After you have the perfect plan, it’s time to book! View our full property list HERE or give us a call (910-842-1550) get started on your next  adventure.


Oak Island Rainy Day Escapes

Rainy Day Delights on Oak Island: Turning Showers into Adventures

Even when the skies are overcast, Oak Island and its surrounding areas offer a plethora of activities to keep you entertained. From cozy indoor pursuits within your vacation rental to unique experiences that capture the essence of Oak Island and its neighboring regions, there’s no shortage of excitement to be found, rain or shine.

Rainy Days At Home

The thought of a beach vacation with any time spent indoors, and not at the beach, seems contradictory. However, PROACTIVE properties offer a vacation destination right within themselves. With a little bit of flexible attitude, and maybe some creative thoughts, it will be easy to forget about the rain and simply enjoy your day.

Rainy Days And Games

Beach Vacation Home Board Games

With PROACTIVE you’ll be staying in a beautiful home that could be the perfect location for entertainment. Many of our homes offer Smart TV’s, Amazon Firesticks, or ROKU plug-ins. This technology makes a rainy day the perfect time for a mid-day movie. Head to the local store, grab some popcorn and snacks, and create your very own movie viewing experience! Not looking to just sit in front of the TV? Then maybe an interactive game is the best option. Some of our homes offer a variety of cards, board games, and more that are available for your use during your stay or you can bring your own just in case. No cards or games available? Try something like charades or Pictionary that don’t need anything extra to play!

Rainy Days And Cooking

Although there is plenty to keep you busy during the day, what if the rain does not stop? A rainy day is the perfect excuse to create an over-the-top family cooked meal. With plenty of local groceries and fresh seafood available, this could be a meal you remember cooking for a long time! Looking for fresh ingredients? Check out our local guide for seafood and groceries HERE. Whether it’s a family meal teaching your kids how to cook, or a romantic dinner paired with a bottle of wine, this rainy day meal will be a memory that lasts a long time.

Rainy Days Out of the Home

Although PROACTIVE offers beautiful vacation homes, we also realize that not everyone will want to be stuck in the house on a rainy day. Luckily, there are many options to get you out of the house while still staying indoors and dry. The Oak Island area offers a variety of local activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Rainy Days and Dining

Savor the flavors of the South by indulging in a culinary journey through Oak Island and its neighboring towns. Cozy up in your vacation rental and order delivery from local eateries offering delicious Southern comfort food, from hearty barbecue and savory seafood to mouthwatering home-style cooking. Alternatively, venture out to nearby restaurants for a taste of local specialties and hospitality that will warm you from the inside out. For a compete list of local dining destinations check out our local guide for restaurants and food HERE.

Delve into Coastal History at Local Museums

Embrace the opportunity to delve into the rich history of Oak Island and the Southport region by visiting local museums and historical sites. Explore the NC Maritime Museum at Southport, where exhibits showcase the area’s maritime heritage and artifacts salvaged from nearby shipwrecks. Dive into the fascinating past of Fort Johnston-Southport Museum, offering insights into the area’s military history and colonial roots.

Discover Hidden Treasures at Antique Shops and Boutiques

Take advantage of the rainy weather to explore the charming antique shops and boutiques scattered throughout Oak Island and the Southport area. Browse for unique treasures and one-of-a-kind souvenirs to commemorate your time on the island. From vintage finds and handmade crafts to coastal-inspired decor and artwork, you’re sure to uncover hidden gems that capture the essence of Oak Island’s coastal charm.

Immerse Yourself in Art and Culture

The sun is setting behind the Oak Island NC lighthouse. Surrounded by the ocean and waterway on a partly cloudy day.

Expand your cultural horizons by immersing yourself in the vibrant arts scene of Oak Island and its neighboring communities. Visit local art galleries showcasing the works of talented regional artists, or attend a live performance at the historic Amuzu Theatre in Southport. Participate in art classes or workshops offered by local artists, where you can unleash your creativity and create your own masterpiece to take home as a cherished memento of your time on Oak Island.

Rainy Days and Activities

Summer vacation activates don’t always have to be outdoors, and there are many options for a wide variety of families and ages. From arcades, to bowling, as well as wineries and museums. A full rainy day schedule could easily be filled at local location or within an easy day trip. Looking for more to do outside of Oak Island? Oak Island is perfectly situated only about an hour from Myrtle Beach from Wilmington. A quick day trip to another area can open up a world of possibilities to keep you and your family entertained even on the worst of rainy days!

Plan Your Oak Island Vacation

When planning for a summer vacation the focus is most likely going to be on sunshine, outdoors, and of course the beach. However, don’t forget to plan for those “un-planned” moments. Don’t get caught in the rain with nothing to do. Instead, with some of the suggestions here and our local guide, keep you and your family entertained even when the weather isn’t cooperating. Have a great rainy day memory from your PROACTIVE vacation? Share a picture and tag us on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM while using the hashtag #PROACTIVE_Vacations. We love to see how our guests are enjoying their stay at Oak Island!

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